Nose Drops

 

CONTENT

Saline nose drops

Making nose drops

How to use nose drops

 

 

SALINE NOSE DROPS

1.       Saline nose drops are used to clean your baby’s nose, especially when he has a cold or congestion (stuffy nose).  

2.     Homemade saline (salt water) nose drops are recommended because other kinds of over-the-counter nose drops may contain drugs that are harmful to your baby.

 

 

MAKING NOSE DROPS

1.       Saline nose drops can be made as follows.  You will need to buy a nose dropper at the pharmacy (drug store).

Add ˝ teaspoon of table salt to 8 ounces of warm tap water

Salt will dissolve in the warm water

Allow nose drops to cool before using.

2.     Homemade saline nose drops should be made new everyday.

3.     Store the saline nose drops in a clean bottle and use a clean dropper.

4.     Wash nose dropper in hot soapy water, rinse with hot water.

 

 

HOW TO USE NOSE DROPS

1.       Place 3-4 drops in one side of your baby’s nose while the head is tilted slightly back.  Suction with the bulb syringe. [see Section 2—Bulb Syringe—to see how to use a bulb syringe]

Repeat on the other side of your baby’s nose

Your baby may cough, sneeze and/or swallow part of the solution (nose drops).  This is normal.

2.     Saline nose drops can be used whenever needed.  If your baby has a cold or nasal congestion that makes feeding difficult, use the nose drops before feedings.

 

Reviewed/Revised:

12/00, 3/01, 2/03, 10/05, 8/07

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